Mbappe and Lewandowski speak out against biennial World Cups – Marca English

Both Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe have voiced their concerns about the proposal of biennial World Cups, as opposed to the tournament continuing to go ahead every four years.

FIFA are keen to double the number of World Cups played as part of a revamped football calendar, but not everybody is on board with the idea.

“The World Cup is the World Cup,” said Mbappe, speaking at the Globe Soccer Awards.

“It’s a special thing because it’s something [held] every four years.

“It’s the best thing, the best competition in the world. If you hold it every two years, it can start to be normal to play [in the] World Cup. I want to say that’s not normal. That [should be] something amazing.

“We play over 60 games in a year. You have Euros, the World Cup, now the Nations League – so many competitions. We are happy to play, but when it’s too much, it’s too much. We have to recover, we have to stay relaxed.

“If people want to see quality in the game, the emotion, to see what makes the beauty of football, I think we have to respect the health of players.”

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, who plays for Poland at international level, agrees with the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s position.

“We have so many games every year, so many tough weeks, with not only the games but preparation for the season, preparation for the big tournaments,” Lewandowski added.

“If you want to offer something special, something different, we also need a break.

“If we have a World Cup every two years, the expectation is the time where footballers play at a high level will go down. It is physically and mentally impossible.”

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